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March

  • Mar 01 - 24, 2024 at New Orleans St. Patrick's Day isn't just one day in New Orleans; here it's turned it into a multi-week celebration with parades, block parties and plenty of corned beef and cabbage.
  • Mar 06 - May 08, 2024 at Lafayette Square A free 10-week live concert 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event showcases local artists as they play a variety of music including jazz, swamp pop, funk, Latin rhythms, and more. Expect performances by some of New Orleans' big name brass bands as well.
  • Mar 16 - 24, 2024 at French Quarter & Metairie St. Patrick's Day is not the only parade in New Orleans in March! New Orleans always finds a reason to celebrate, and there are two parades in celebrate Italian (and Irish) heritage in the French Quarter and in the suburb of Metairie.
  • Mar 20 - 24, 2024 at New Orleans This event attracts internationally known figures, such as Alec Baldwin, Dick Cavett and noted author Calvin Trillin. Festival activities revolve around Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, the Cabildo of the Louisiana State Museum, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Palm Court Jazz Café and the Contemporary Arts Center.
  • Mar 23,2024 at French Quarter Many of New Orleans' private homes are open to the public. Tour plantation homes, French Quarter Creole cottages and patios, and Garden District mansions. Free classical concerts and opera performances are held all around town. Tickets needed. .
  •  November 23-24, 2024 Armstrong Park - Come for the gumbo, stay for the music. A weekend filled with fun at Armstrong Park in the heart of Treme. A mix of legendary local musicians and top notch brass bands fill the park with their sounds.
  • Mar 23-24,2024 at Armstrong Park Armstrong Park - Come for the gumbo, stay for the music. A weekend filled with fun at Armstrong Park in the heart of Treme. A mix of legendary local musicians and top notch brass bands fill the park with their sounds.
  • Mar 30, 2024 at New Orleans 10K race from Downtown New Orleans to City Park, drawing runners from all over the world.
  • Mar 31, 2024 at French Quarter Easter in New Orleans is special masses at St. Louis Cathedra, delicious brunches at New Orleans' best restaurants and not just one, but three parades through the French Quarter

April

  • Apr 03 - 07, 2024 at Armstrong Park There's a new location and weekend for the festival this year. This year the festival moves to Armstrong Park in Treme. The mainstay of the festival is Cajun-Zydeco music and dancing (there will be lessons).
  • Apr 05 - 06, 2024 at UNO Lakefront Arena Drawing chefs and music artists from all over, Hogs for a Cause is one of the best barbecue festivals in America!
  • Apr 06, 2024 at St. Bernard Parish This fun parade, just 5 miles from New Orleans, celebrates three unique heritages. As with any parade in New Orleans expect amazing floats and bands, but instead of beads flying through the air watch for cabbage, potatoes, onions and carrots.
  • Apr 06, 2024, 2pm at St. Bernard Parish This fun parade, just 5 miles from New Orleans, celebrates three unique heritages. As with any parade in New Orleans expect amazing floats and bands, but instead of beads flying through the air watch for cabbage, potatoes, onions and carrots.
  • Apr 11 - 14, 2024 at French Quarter Enjoy music from 23 stages throughout the historic Vieux Carré, and sample New Orleans cuisine from over 60 food and drink booths.
  • Apr 12 - 14, 2024 at Ponchatoula, LA The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is held every April in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, just north of Lake Pontchartrain. Your chance for food, music, dancing, and fresh strawberries right off the farm.
  • Apr 22 - 28, 2024 at TPC Louisiana A four-day event filled with world-class players, nonstop PGA TOUR action and the kind of food and fun you can only find in New Orleans.
  • Apr 25, 26, 27, 28, May 05, 06, 07, 08 2024 at New Orleans Fair Grounds A musical celebration held at the Fairgrounds Race Track and celebrated throughout the city. Music, food, crafts, and more music! Outdoor stages host jazz, R&B, gospel, African, Caribbean, Cajun, blues, ragtime, folk, bluegrass, reggae and country music, with evening performances happening at venues all around town. Hundreds of unofficial street bands, local artists, crafts and food.

May

  • May 17 - 19, 2024 at Bayou St. John This music and arts festival set on the banks of the historic Bayou Saint John is a local favorite. Stroll through the art market to find unique goodies and listen to up and coming musicians of all genres. It's the spirit of Jazz Fest with a much better price tag.
  • May 24 - 26, 2024 at Hellenic Cultural Center Celebrating Greek culture in the Crescent City, with food, music, shopping and more!

June

  • June 1-2 , 2024 at Woldenberg Park An oyster themed festival in New Orleans' Woldenberg Park. Festival includes an oyster shucking contest, oyster eating contest and live music.
  • Jun 19-25, 2024 at New Orleans Everyone knows we love our food down here in New Orleans. And Restaurant Week New Orlean's goal is to support and build connections with our local restaurants.
  • Jun 8-9, 2024 at French Market This festival is located in the nation's oldest marketplace, the French Market and features cooking demonstrations, the Creole Tomato Parade, as well as live music.
  • Jun 05 - 09, 2024 at New Orleans Join the outstanding restaurants that make New Orleans a premier culinary destination as signature dishes are paired with exceptional wines from around the world.

July

  • Jul 21-26, 2024 at Ritz Carlton In a five day celebration of cocktails and culture, Tales of the Cocktail brings together some of the most well-known, respected minds in mixology. This annual event features cocktail tastings, mixing competitions, dinners, field trips to local distilleries and seminars by top mixologists.
  • TBD at New Orleans New Orleans' own annual encierro (bull run) pays homage to the world famous encierro of Pamplona, Spain. In New Orleans style, our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other roller derby leagues across the country.
  • Jul 04 - 08, 2024 at Caesar's Superdome The Essence Music Festival is the nation's largest annual African-American event, offering more than 50 acts each night on five stages.
  • Jul 04, 2024 at French Quarter Join us for our annual 4th of July celebration, with activities and entertainment for the entire family along the riverfront, ending with a spectacular fireworks show over the Mississippi River.

August

  • Aug 01 - 31, 2024 at New Orleans Celebrate dining in America's most delicious city! This summer restaurant promotion during the month of August features affordably priced mouthwatering three-course menus. It's going to be a delicious summer, with famous New Orleans restaurants offering specially priced summer menu.
  • Aug 03, 2024 at Arts District/CBD Explore the hippest art scene in New Orleans and its stunning galleries at the 18th Annual White Linen Night in New Orleans' Arts District.
  • Aug 03 - 04, 2024 at French Quarter New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, is honored in true New Orleans fashion at the Satchmo SummerFest. Admissions required.
  • Aug 10, 2024 at New Orleans The New Orleans Red Dress Run is one of the largest Red Dress Runs in the United States. Hosted by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, the New Orleans Red Dress Run contributes to several charities.
  • Aug 10, 2024 at French Quarter Dirty Linen Night (usually one week after White Linen Night) showcases art galleries, antiques, jewelry and specialty shops along the culturally rich and elegant Royal Street.
  • Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2024 at French Quarter Informally known as "Gay Mardi Gras," Southern Decadence is a long weekend event sponsored by New Orleans' gay and lesbian community and centers around the French Quarter.

October

  •  October TBD, 2017 in New Orleans, LA - Celebrating the architects of American music, artists that don't need the help of an auto-tuner or even 100% function able microphones.
  •  October 7-9, 2016 in Gretna, LA - Enjoy the casual atmosphere of this diverse music and arts festival located in historic downtown Gretna. Take the ferry across the Mississippi River, and make a day of it!
  •  October 7-8 ,14-15 & 21-22, 2016 at the Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie , LA Traditional German music, dancing, food and drink! For additional information, call: (504) 522-8014.
  •  October 4, 2016 - French Quarter, Julia, and Magazine Streets - This annual rite of fall has become one of the hottest events of the year for art lovers and partygoers in and around New Orleans. The free citywide gallery hop marks the opening of the city's arts season. For more information, call: (504) 528-3805.
  •  October TBD, 2016 New Orleans, LA22 - Established in 1989, the NOFF has grown into one of the nation's major film festivals. Each year, the festival attracts thousands of visitors, writers, producers, and directors, and features everything from full-length feature films to music videos.
  • Wooden Boat Festival October 8-9, 2016 - Madisonville, LA - This festival features 100 wooden boats from all over the United States, an enormous children's village, crafts, food and great music. For additional information, call: (985) 845-9200
  •  October 14-16, 2016 Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 - This free festival is held at Lafayette Square (between St. Charles and Camp Street). It features two stages, as well as crafts, and of course, food, including New Orleans' best BBQ!
  •  October 22, 2016 in the French Quarter - Krewe of Boo, New Orleans official Halloween parade will march through New Orleans starting at 6:30 pm. It’s the only major parade with full size floats to travel through the French Quarter.
  •  October 23, 2016 Uptown New Orleans The Po-Boy Festival is a one-day family event held on Oak Street celebrating--you guessed it--the delicious po-boy sandwich.
  •  October 22-23 and 28-29, 2016 Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70118 - Get your little ghosts and goblins ready – Boo at the Zoo is one of the best Halloween events for kids in New Orleans. On select days around Halloween, the Audubon Zoo turns into a Halloween extravaganza for kids under the age of 12.
  •  October 28-30, 2016 City Park, New Orleans - Halloween-themed music festival showcasing the hottest bands, held annually in City Park.
  •  October 31 - New Orleans - New Orleans is one of the best cities to be in for Halloween Weekend. Spend Halloween in a city full of ghosts, voodoo legends and spooktacular themed events.
    Look your best with a New Orleans style Halloween mask from The Mask Store.

 

November

  •  First Saturday in November 5, 2016 Bywater - Begun in 1989 by the Bywater Neighborhood Association, the Mirliton Festival honors Southern Louisiana's favorite vegetable and highlights the Bywater's unique culture with a day of local music, food and art.
  •  November 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 25-27 - December 3-4 , 10-11, 2016 Hammond, LA - Open rain or shine, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival brings a medieval English village and festive marketplace  to life, mixing it with a little bit of Louisiana spice! For more information, call: (985) 429-9992.
  •  Second weekend in November 12-14, 2021 Armstrong Park - Come for the gumbo, stay for the music. A weekend filled with fun at Armstrong Park in the heart of Treme. A mix of legendary local musicians and top notch brass bands fill the park with their sounds.
  •  November 17, 2016 in the French Quarter - Kicking off the holiday shopping season with incredible discounts, behind the scenes tours of shops, live music and a Christmas tree lighting.
  • faux/real November TBD, 2016 New Orleans - Arts Festival of wild, weird, fresh original theater of all types for in New Orleans neighborhoods! 60 performing groups, 200 shows, tons of free-for-all at the tent, and one eccentric parade.
  •  Last Saturday in November 26, 2016 Mercedes-Benz Superdome - The annual Bayou Classic football game pits Grambling State University and Southern University against each other at the end of each season.

December

  •  November 25, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (Closed November 28 - December 1, 2016) in City Park - Annual holiday light extravaganza featuring hundreds of thousands of lights, amusement rides, entertainment, snacks and more. A family tradition and a favorite for both locals and visitors to New Orleans.
  •  Sunday before Christmas December 18, 2016 in Jackson Square, French Quarter - Join in a truly moving tradition that has been going on since 1946 as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral this Free and open to the public. Candles and songbook provided by Patio Planters.
  • Bonfires on the Levee Christmas Eve in Gramercy, Lutcher, and Paulina, LA - From Baton Rouge to New Orleans, bonfires are lit along the Mississippi River to help guide Papa Noel to the Crescent City! 
  •  Month of December New Orleans - Christmas New Orleans Style is a month long event where feasts and finery await you at every corner of town. Come listen to a concert in the St. Louis Cathedral, or go caroling in Jackson Square. Enjoy a Yuletide feast with Reveillon Dinners offered at many restaurants. Take some time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas celebrated the New Orleans way!
  • Crescent City Countdown New Year's Eve December 31 New Orleans Bring in the New Year New Orleans Style!  Enjoy fabulous music at the Decatur stage at Jackson Square, Fleur de Lis drop and Fireworks over the Mississippi at Midnight! Details at CrescentCityCountdown.com